Fram this latest posting at news: LJ is having a 24-hour sale on permanent accounts. It will run between midning PST on June 7th and 8th. Price is now up to USD150. Permanent accounts come with 50 userpics, all other paid features, and must never be paid up again. For those despairing over renewing paid status at regular intervals, this might be a good idea (or a good diea for friends to get them).
According to same post, phone-posts can be made as mp3 after today, as LJ now has a licence. The formats in use hitherto will still be available.
Purging of deleted accounts has made a bundle of usernames available for use with rename-tokens, or new LJs - list of names here, or so they say.